Our People

Executive Chef

Dustin Christofolo

Executive Chef Dustin Christofolo is a graduate of The Italian Culinary Academy, Manhattan, New York, and the culinary program at La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Parma, Italy. He is a graduate of the Wine Immersion Program at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, California.

Chef Dustin started his culinary path as front of house manager at Quiessence Restaurant. He left Phoenix to attend culinary school. When opportunity arose, he found his way back to the enchanting restaurant where his devotion for fresh and seasonal cuisine began.

Chef Dustin brought his passion for handcrafted pastas, his unique use of flavors and his dedication to delivering the finest experience for his guests as the Executive Chef of Quiessence. He works weekly with neighborhood growers and farmers to inspire his next garden to farm creations. Chef Dustin has also produced a world-class wine program to compliment his refined rustic menu at Quiessence.


Pat Christofolo

Pat Christofolo, a long time Valley restaurant and catering entrepreneur, purchased The Farm at South Mountain after years of developing and overseeing Quiessence, Morning Glory Café, The Farm Kitchen and more additions to the property.

With several businesses encompassing her Seasonally Fresh Culinary Family, Pat was one of the first in the Arizona catering industry to base her catering company, Santa Barbara Catering Company, on sustainability and local ingredients.

With her new ownership of The Farm at South Mountain, her focus will be to refine the farm-to-table ethos and sustainability opportunities throughout the property.

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